The rules regarding sanctions of programs for violations of AMTA rules, including the sanctioning process and process for appeal, may be found in Chapter 9 of the AMTA Rulebook.
Rule 9.5 allows AMTA’s Executive Committee to sanction a program for a violation of any rule occurring at a sanctioned tournament. Sanctionable conduct includes, but is not limited to:
(a) Coaching during a round;
(b) Physical or verbal abuse of any participant;
(c) Intentionally destroying or defacing property, including an opponent’s exhibits;
(d) Intentionally engaging in inaccurate time keeping;
(e) Intentionally using an ineligible person as a team member;
(f) Arriving late to a scheduled event such that the start of a competitive round or draw for pairings is delayed;
(g) Violation of the rules regarding case access and case use;
(i) Any conduct proscribed by law.
Possible sanctions include probation; loss of bid eligibility; fines and/or restitution; suspension of a coach or team member; suspension of school membership. In the event of a fine, programs will not be eligible to register for future years until the fine has been paid in full. As sanctions are issued, this page will be updated.
|Date of Sanctions||Reason for Sanction||Sanction Imposed|
|July 1, 2011||Lack of decorum in dealing with courthouse officials.||Program probation|
| July 8, 2011
|| Consumption of food in a courtroom in violation
of facility rules.
|July 25, 2011||Consumption of alcohol in a classroom following a round.||Program probation and student sanctions|
|Nov. 29, 2011||Unauthorized access of the AMTA case prior to registration; lying to AMTA about such access.||$500 fine; one year probation|
|Nov. 29, 2011||Unauthorized access of the AMTA case prior to registration; competing at an invitational after being notified of improper access.||$500 fine, one year probation|
|Dec. 1, 2011||Unauthorized access of the AMTA case prior to registration.||$250 fine|
|Jan. 13, 2012||Lying to AMTA during investigation into unauthorized case access.||Student suspensions, other.|
|Feb. 24, 2012||Failure to follow designated regional assignments.||Loss of postseason bids, one year probation.|
|Nov. 15, 2012||Unauthorized access of the AMTA case prior to registration.||$250 fine|
|Feb. 13, 2015||Possession of illegal drug(s) and drug paraphernalia at AMTA tournament.||Two year program probation, and student suspension.|
|Mar. 23, 2016||Unauthorized access of the AMTA case prior to release.||$150 fine|
|Feb. 15, 2018||Egregious improper invention of material fact (Rule 8.9).||Written reprimand and program probation|
|Mar. 2, 2018||Egregious improper invention of material fact (Rule 8.9).||Written reprimand and student suspensions.|